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O. M. G. I think I’ve been sleeping on Organic Palm Shortening!  I finally got around to getting Tropical Traditions Organic Palm “Shortening”, but don’t be put off by the name.

It’s “shortening” because its a soft, solid at room temp. In these summer temps, its a gorgeous, soft semi-solid, light yellow colored butter that ironically isn’t nearly as oily as olive oil or regular crisco, imo.

It absorbs and moisturizes incredibly well, much to my delight.  (This IS NOT the virgin red palm oil which stains everything)

The Tropical Traditions brand of Organic Palm Shortening is NOT NOT NOT hydrogenated and comes from a sustainable source.  You can use it in place of crisco… and from my testing… in place of shea butter.

What? Did I say that?? Huh? Who me??  I guess I did!  I love shea butter, for those who really can’t deal with shea butter in their hair, PLEASE try this.

I’m SO impressed, and I can be a hair-prude.  I regularly give the side-eye to many things I see in the stores (like some of yall do too :P).

I retwisted my hair last night with nothing but purified water and Organic Palm Shortening.

I literally used it the way I would use my whipped butter mixes (like the Brazil Nut quickie).  I parted my hair into twistable sections, sprayed the section with water, then oiled the scalp itself with the Organic Palm Butter (Shortening)

Then I took some more in the palm of my hands, rubbed them together, and ran them down the length of my hair.  Then retwisted.

When I took it down, my curls weren’t greasy, nor felt heavy like they sometimes do with shea butter (I like that feeling though lol!) It just felt great.

It still feels soft; like I have enough moisture without needing to add anything else to it.  It also has the sheen I love so much.  It didn’t tangle either.

I’m telling yall, by night time, my hair usually gets a little dry after being down all day if I don’t add something else to it.  Not today.  I’m typing this up and it STILL feels soft and moisturized.

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The product isn’t super-cheap (because the quality is outstanding, imo) and it really can’t be found in brick-and-mortar stores all around the country, so I’m not surprised many naturals haven’t reviewed it for their hair yet.

I’m ALREADY experimenting with it (just made a Foti Root moisturizer with it to try out).

This stuff right here… man… yall gotta try it.  Tropical Traditions only sells in it 1 gallon containers.  (The price isn’t astronomical though! Some of yall spend $30 on 1- or 2- 8oz products.)

But you get 1 GALLON (112oz)!  You can use it as a body moisturizer.  Use it the way you’d use a hair grease (straight up by itself).  Use it as a hot oil treatment.  Use it in your DIY hair mixes in place of, or in addition to, other oils or butters. AND AND AND you can even cook/bake with it! Girl, what?! lol!

If it does me shady any time in the future, I’ll be sure to let yall know.  But right now, this is in the running to be added as a ‘holy grail’ ingredient.

Go Gi’dit!

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    • I don’t know. It looks like the same one from TropicalTraditions. Maybe they changed their name? IDK. I haven’t purchased from them in a while. Anyway, Palm Shortening was nice to use. But it isn’t a holy grail for me as of today (the article is kinda old). If you want, you can test it out, but I’ve never bought anything from a “” website. You can also try to make your own “butter” by buying an ingredient called “LipidThix” and adding it to any oil you choose. It’s at If you do that, you’ll have to heat your oil to about 176°F for best results, so use an oil that can take high-heat.

  1. Oooh I’m gonna try that. I tried the Palm Kernel in my whipped hair butter and Wow-we I love the texture and feel of it. I’m thinking to add to my line of leave ins, but we are testing with it for now: If you want, please check me out.
    I’m just getting going and a lot more to do. Thanks for your help 🙂

  2. Thank you Sis for putting me on the Natural Hair Directory!!! You inspire me to reach out to make my own products. I’m sooo thankful. As you well know I’m educating myself and learning from the best, Curlytea!!
    Shere’e (RaeMarie Essentials)

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